Well, ready or not, here we go >>> It’s the HOLIDAY SEASON!!! Or at least that’s what it sounds like everywhere! The malls, hair salons, certain restaurants…are already playing Christmas music continuously, and have been for a couple of weeks now. I remember years ago when we thought it was an outrage that the stores and malls started decorating a week or so before Thanksgiving; it seemed like such a travesty. Haha. Now we are lucky to get Halloween in before the Christmas stuff goes up and the music starts.
So it sounds like the Holiday Season out there, but does it feel like it? Well, to each his own, but for me? Not so much. I am an “after Thanksgiving” Christmas spirit kind of girl. I love carols and decorations and the Trans Siberian Orchestra as much as the next person, but in their proper context…and I am just not ready when folks still have their jack-o-lanterns on their front porches.
Over time, I have managed to conform to the societal pressure of participating in Black Friday. In fact, I actually like it now after years of refusing to take part, opting instead to sit at home and complain that it was a commercial rap having nothing to do with the spirit of Christmas. I still believe that, but now I take part and enjoy it. Ha!
Whatever you believe or like or dislike, it really doesn’t matter. The machine is in motion and they are not going to ask you your opinion. This year, I just learned, Sears will be open on Thanksgiving Day for the first time since opening for business in the late 1880’s. And Sears is not alone; Wal-Mart and Target have also announced plans to remain open on Thanksgiving. And why?
BECAUSE THEY NEED THE MONEY!!!
Understandable, I suppose. But that is where I draw the line. I will not shop ON Thanksgiving Day. If I miss the great deals, so be it. I will not miss family time on Thanksgiving Day for a BOGO deal.
Opening on Thanksgiving Day feels like crossing a line to me. Not everyone has family, I know. But those who do will leave theirs to shop for deals, and /or to go to work in stores because they are scheduled. Perhaps it is a good and great thing for singles, and if so...great. I still say, it is a uniquely American holiday where we slow down, and pause to be thankful for family and the bounty we enjoy (that we could be without)...and NOT a time to make double overtime and save big at Wal-Mart...single or not.
But that’s just me thinking…
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